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In 1962, tensions were high between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, had been repeatedly threatening Western countries with nuclear destruction; in East Berlin the beginnings of the Berlin Wall were being constructed to prevent the migration of people to Western Berlin and the late-1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion had caused the Castro and the Cuban government to ally themselves with the USSR.

In mid-September of 1962 the Soviets began placing R-12 and R-14 intermediate-range ballistic missiles on Cuban soil in order to have more missiles targeted at the US and also as a bargaining chip to remove the Western powers from West Berlin. After numerous rumors and reports of large missiles on Cuban soil, the US authorized U-2 reconnaissance missions on October 8, and on October 14 photographic evidence of a large missile construction site was discovered in Western Cuba.

President Kennedy was shown the photographs the next day, and soon after the Joint Chiefs of Staff were encouraging a full-scale invasion of Cuba. President Kennedy thought this would lead to the Soviets attacking Berlin, and on October 19 decided on a lesser option - a blockade (or quarantine, as it was then called) of military equipment headed to Cuba.

On October 22nd, the day the blockade began, Kennedy addressed the American public about the missiles on Cuban soil and placed all American forces worldwide on DEFCON 3. Negotiations between Khrushchev and Kennedy began in secret on October 26, and after two tense days of negotiations, with several near-outbreaks of conflict across the world, the US and USSR came to an agreement. Khrushchev agreed to remove all missiles from Cuban soil, and Kennedy agreed to secretly remove missiles from Turkey.

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